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National Production Regimes in Post-Socialist Countries

The Case of the Czech Republic


Mirka C. Wilderer

Detailed research has been undertaken depicting the dominant models of national production regimes in the Western hemisphere. In the core of these debates on ‘varieties of capitalism’ the role of institutions and the path-dependent nature of socio-economic changes are discussed. Few attempts, however, have been made to classify the newly evolving market economies in Central Eastern Europe, where new economic and political institutions were created after the revolutions in 1989. In this study the author takes up the challenge to answer the question what type of capitalism is evolving in the course of the transformation processes in post-socialist countries, namely the Czech Republic? Which model has influenced political choices and what is the final outcome?
Contents: The institutional approach towards transformation processes – The theory on national production regimes – Network theory and the concept of embeddedness – The Czech governmental policy in transformation – The Czech privatization and ownership restructuring – The financial sector and corporate governance structure in the Czech Republic – Structural change and the evolving Czech national production regime.